Worth

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At this Age.
I know I can’t offer much.
No stability.
Nothing to be proud of.

But please bare with me.
I’m still trying to build my worth.

Building it thru experience.
Owning up responsibilities.
Living in the real world.

– 23yr old me to 33 yr old me

Sundays Best

I know. I am just a passerby. Be as it is. I’m only human. Wanting to be home. And not only a guest to anyone..

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Something to ponder.

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Signs of the Times: Welcome to the Philippines!

“Land of a Million Smiles”

Indeed, Umali kayo ittoy Pilipinas

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One of the obvious advantages of traveling to other countries (sometimes even within your own country) is that you get exposed to the culture, history, and traditions of the locality.  Of course, there are other advantages like you learn to appreciate the humorous and lovable nature of the people.  When it comes to hospitality, fun, and humor, you can be sure that these come in huge supply when coming to the Philippines.  Here are some things that are unmistakably Filipino.  Welcome to the Pearl of the Orient where smiles are abundant despite calamities!

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A Lion and a Rhino in Bigte Norzagaray Bulacan

Who who’ve thought, a Lion and Rhino exist just outside Metro Manila!

Yeah you read it right. Lioness and a Rhinoceros rock formation are found in Bigte Norzagaray Bulacan.

 

 

Imagine a naturally made figure through thousand of years of erosion and corrosion has formed into one of nature’s largest mammal and the second largest cat in the world.

The Journey

It was an easy travel to the Jump off.

  1. From Cubao, ride any Bus going to Tungko  – fare 55 pesos
  2. From Tungko Jollibee, ride a Jeep going to Bigte Norzagaray – fare 12 pesos
  3. From Bigte Tricycle Terminal, ride a a tricycle going to Upper Bigte ( ask the tricycle to drop you off near Iglesia ni Kristo ). Fare ranges from 10-15 depending on how many you are in the tricycle.
  4. From Iglesia ni Kristo, you can either take the cemented trail (before Iglesia ni Kristo) or the Bahay bahay trail (after Iglesia ni Kristo)

 

We didn’t know the first trail so when eager locals helped us, they pointed us to the Bahay bahay trail. We could easily see the Lioness Back summit from the jump off

At first, we thought it was an easy climb. It started with easy trekking behind the houses of the locals and near the Iglesia ni Kristo Church. Of course, a lovely young lady helped us to find the way up. Thanks Jenny!

The Twist

Then comes the assault!

It was pure Rock Climbing. I can say that most our time spent there was 80% rock climbing, 10%sitting, 10% figuring out why the hell we climbed this treacherous mountain!

 

When we arrived on top the hill, there were many climbers alike taking pictures and basking to the joy of climbing such steep facade.

So we just left them there, while we head down and visit the Rhinoceros rock formation seen from a far.

We trek a couple of meters and saw how steep the Lioness Back was. On our way, tall grass paved the surrounding. we could hardly see the path to the Rhinoceros rock.

At Last, Rhinoceros Rock is conquered!

 

After our escapade in Rhino’s Rock we went back to the Lion when other hikers were done there.

For the Second time, Lioness Back

Mapapanginig ka sa Kilig!

This is what I felt when I climbed up to the Lioness Back. I couldn’t contain the fear and excitement all at once! I manage to climbed up to the edge of the Lion but was scared to climb on top because it might dislodge the rock.

 

 

Capping off the Rock Climbing Experience

 

My top 7 Waterfalls in Southeast Asia

I think, its time for me to chase some Waterfalls! Awesome article!

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My top 7 waterfalls in Southeast Asia

During my year-long journey across Southeast Asia, I have discovered some magnificent places and true wonders of nature. Some of those, usually being a true highlight, were waterfalls. Their appearance was as diverse as nature itself. Sometimes mellow, pristine and relaxing, with their clean waters making their way down rock stairs and filling up crystal clear rock pools. Sometimes roaring, loud, gushing, almost brutally filling the air with fine mist and all so powerful. I have been asked if I didn’t get tired of seeing yet another waterfall. But to be honest, discovering a waterfall in all its beauty never lost its magic for me. It will always be a highlight which I will always appreciate, no matter how many I have seen before. Some of those highlights I would like to share with you here at ESCapology.

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5 ways to enjoy Boracay (for non party goers)

It was 2011, the first time I set foot on the famous white beach of Boracay Island.

I don’t yet grasp the idea of “living in the moment.”  I was young. Mapusok, at wala pang muwang sa mundong kasarinlan … hahahaha

Many things happened there, fun and excitement, enjoying the island time. Although, looking back now, I could have done more if I knew what I know today. (naks, maturity kicks in)

With my surprise return this year,  enjoying Boracay for non-party goer like me (occasionally, *defensive*) was relatively easy.

I have shed off  the party vibe and embodied a more holistic perspective in life. hahahah ano daw?

Let’s start this make-shift list as prescribed by danventures 🙂

Numero Uno

Find a hammock and stay there!

Nothing beats the ocean breeze caressing your chicks and flowing through your messy sun dried hair!

Or an alternative, find a chair, feel like a boss!

 

Numero Dos

Food Trip!

Go Eat and splurge your hard earn money to mouth watering foods. Boracay has lots of sumptuous delicacies to offer.


The Astoria buffet was free!!!! It was an open invitation by sales personnel to advertise and promote their hotel and resort.
You should definitely MUST try the Calamanci Muffin of Real Coffee & Tea Cafe! “Maasim asim” plus their Banana Calamansi, a different combination but taste great!

Numero Tres

Traverse Station 1 to 3

I enjoy long walks, so walking the whole stretch of the Boracay white beach was my Main Goal.


I discovered the changes and see sights I never seen before.

Numero Quatro

Chase the Sunset!

Indeed chasing the sunset in Boracay is a spectacular event, one that is chased by tourist and the like. I can’t blame them, it is picture perfect!

Numero Cinco

Take plenty of Pictures and leave nothing behind!

Boracay is over populated! Adding you plus the people vacationing and visiting the Island stresses the environment.

So to enjoy more of Boracay, Be OCEAN MINDED, Help Keep our Beaches Clean!

Help keep our Beaches Clean

Help keep our Beaches Clean

 

Lastly tip to enjoy Boracay, is to HYDRATE! With the Island heat, and the crazy things happening there, don’t forget to take care of your body and drink plenty of booze! ha ha ha JK, drinks lots of water and Have fun!

Three months traveling the Philippines – Budget, Costs and Tips.

Definitely NOTED! Gonna save up for this trip 😀

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Budget Philippines Recently people have been asking me about the costs of my three months journey across the Philippines. A little poll on my Facebook Page also showed that there seems to be quite an interest in this topic. And because I never went much into detail in terms of budget and numbers, I would like to give you all a rough overview about what I spent and how I calculated beforehand. First of all it needs to be mentioned that this is very personal and might change a lot depending on how you like to travel individually and what kind of things you are after when on a holiday. Of course, if you are after luxury and maximum comfort, then you will end up spending more than someone who is more a backpacker kind of traveler. The activities you do while on holiday can also make a big difference. Diving can be expensive and…

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